St. John’s Anglican/United Church in Borden held a luncheon on Nov. 8 in the church lower hall and raised $478 to go towards the local Christmas hampers.
Borden School held their Remembrance Day service the morning of Nov. 7, with MCs Baeleigh Hinz and Levi Gough introducing the events. Wreaths were laid by Carlie Ford for the village, Jessica Urbina for the veterans and each grade had a student lay a wreath. The Act of Remembrance was read by Jade Matte. The playing of Last Post was followed by a moment of silence before closing with Reveille. The K/1 class did “Poppy, Poppy,” Grade 2/3 “Little Poppy” and Grade 4/5 had a presentation on “Poppies for Remembrance.” Grade 6/7 class read “In Flanders Fields” and the Grade 8-10 class had a Powerpoint on “We Remember.” Guest speaker was Jessica Urbina and closing remarks were given by Principal Brody Morris.
Riverbend Fellowship Church hosted an evening of music, testimonials and fabulous desserts on Nov. 10 in the Borden Community Centre when they had men from Teen Challenge Sask come out. Team Challenge is a one-year, faith-based residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for men and women ages 18 and over, and residents can not have a phone, internet or outside contact for the year they are in residence. Last year, the men’s program had 70 graduates and it costs $60,000 a year to graduate one student. The men’s program is based near Allan and the women’s is Prairie Hope Women’s Centre at Hague. The program started in 1958 and has over 1,400 centers in 125 countries, with nine across Canada. Nine of the men who were present, accompanied by guitar and box drum, sang four songs – How Great Thou Art(with different words), Jesus Messiah, 10,000 Reasonsand after some gave their testimonies, closed with How Great is Our God. An offering was taken up and they need sponsorships to support their work as they get no government assistance. Following the closing prayer by Pastor Ron Mills, the church served some delicious desserts with coffee or punch. For anyone needing assistance or to know more about the program go to www.teenchallenge.ca or phone 306-664-4673.
Ben and Bill Hosegood, sons of Ian and Shannon Hosegood of Radisson, play baseball with teams from Saskatoon and on Nov. 9 -11 were in a USSSA Veterans Salute International tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. Ben was in the U12 pool and their team called Going Yard Blue, placed fourth, and Ben was picked for player of the game. Bill plays in the U16 group and their team had one win, one tie and one loss.
The Remembrance Day service hosted by Borden Lions on Nov. 11 in the Borden Community Centre was well attended, with Pastor Ron Mills leading the service. Pianist was Sharon Assman. On the stage were the Cenotaph and flags and on the side walls were posters of poppies crafted by Borden School Grades 1, 2 and 3. After O Canada and a prayer and hymn, Archie Wainwright read the Honour Roll, Act of Remembrance then Last Post. Two minutes of silence and Reveille were observed. After a hymn, Psalm reading and reflection, the wreaths were laid by Jonathon Sargent for veterans, Val Fendelet for the RM of Great Bend, Mayor Jamie Brandrick for the Village of Borden, Sgt. Curtis Little for the RCMP, Luke Walker for Fire and Rescue, Lucas Saunders for North Sask. Regiment, Cael Redhead for Borden School and Doug Boyes for MP Kelly Block. For Gordon Piprell who was shot down in 1944, the wreath was laid by Sgt. Aaron Piprell of Saskatoon Police Service. In Flanders Field was read by Anna Gough and Pastor Mills spoke on the First World War and how Canadians bravely fought at Vimy Ridge, then going on to speak of all those from Canada who served in the wars and now are proud to act as peacekeepers around the world. After God Save the Queen, Doug Boyes read a message from MP Kelly Block, citing the sacrifices many have made in the wars and now as peacemakers. Lunch was then served by the Borden Lions.